To soften: Take the entire carton and put it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. Check and if it hasn’t softened keep going at 5 second intervals. This will make the scooping easier and won’t turn your ice cream into a puddle.
To make birthday party treats ahead of time: Scoop ice cream into muffin pan liners and place in muffin tins. Decorate with sprinkles, nuts or chocolate chips. Keep in the freezer until ready to serve.